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Pro-Choice and Pro-Voice

Posts tagged Health Care

Jun 27 '14

ombreh asked:

My mother views pregnancy as beautiful since she loved her own experience. She also worked as a pre-natal nurse and witnessed all the uglyness of pregnancy. She still thinks it's a beautiful thing, but she knows it can get ugly on a whim. She never knew about pro-life and pro-choice before I told her. She's horrified at the thought of banning abortion. My mother, who saved babies for over 25 years, is pro-choice.

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It’s amazing how many people in the medical profession are pro-choice.

I love the little lists these pro-lifers make, compiling pro-life doctors. There’s like…what, four or five hundred on there? Not sure. Out of how many doctors in the country? Hah.

I have spoken to a family friend who happens to be a doctor. He told me that he believes many medical professionals to be pro-choice because they have seen what can go wrong, and believe the choice is up to the person dealing with the situation. He obviously cannot speak for everyone. But I still thought it was a valid opinion.

I see a lot of pro-lifers talking about how you should never go to an OB/GYN who is not pro-life. Which is just nuts to me. Like somehow a pro-choice doctor will value a patient less than a pro-life one. I actually believe the reverse - I think the pro-life doctor will care more about the fetus, no matter what state its in, than the patient. 

Pregnancy is what YOU make it. If it’s beautiful to you, fantastic. If it’s scary, that’s just as valid. No telling people how to feel just because you feel that way.

Your mom sounds awesome.

I hope to eventually become a doctor, and I am leaning towards OBGYN or neonatologist. If I am an OBGYN, I am well within my rights to refuse to perform an abortion. (Abortion and miscarriage are NOT the same thing). However, it is not my place as a professional to act with my personal beliefs in mind. If a patient wants an abortion, they will have to go somewhere else to get one but I will not go by the term “pro-life doctor”. I am pro-life, but as a doctor, my beliefs are not an aspect of patient care.

But hopefully by that time, abortion will be much more rare than it is now:)

Here’s the thing.

If an OB/GYN does not wish to perform an abortion, I am not about to try and force them. I think it is terrible decision making to go into a field knowing full-well that you’ll be put in that situation, but that is, of course, your call.

The problem I have is not necessarily that an OB/GYN would refuse to perform an abortion; the problem I have is the methods by which a pro-life OB/GYN may convince a woman to carry out a dangerous pregnancy because they do not approve of an abortion.

I think as a professional, it is the OBGYN’s job to offer the woman all of her legal options and let her take it from there.

It is terribly refreshing to see a pro-lifer acknowledge the importance of unbiased medical counseling. However, please understand that you are representing the VERY FEW AND FAR BETWEEN.

There are many, many pro-life individuals who would do anything to prevent a woman from terminating her pregnancy. This gets particularly dangerous in the medical field, as many pregnant people do not have the medical expertise to know whether their pro-life doctor is being fully honest with their possibly dangerous pregnancy. There have been situations like this, and people have died as a result.

If every pro-life OB/GYN were open to unbiased medical counseling, and able to provide a referral should the pregnant person in question want an abortion, I’d be just dandy. Unfortunately, I do not think this is a reality; nor do I think it ever will be.

Could you direct me to the sources of when women died or almost died from biased medical care? Thank you!

The most obvious one was the case of Savita Halappanavar. She died due to the pro-life views of both the country and her medical professionals.

I would also like to highlight another reblog that I’m confident you saw already:

Bear in mind that Oklahoma, (and possibly other states) has passed laws that make it legal for a doctor or other health professional to LIE to a woman if they fear she will have an abortion.  For example, a doctor can say the fetus is perfectly normal when he knows it will be born with defects, or lie and say the defect is easily treatable when they know it is profoundly life-changing or lethal.  They can lie to a woman about the effects to her body and her life if the pregnancy is continued. This law was REQUESTED by pro-life doctor, who wanted to avoid the professional and legal consequences of putting their own ideology above the health, life, and interests of their patient.

I should have brought this  up myself but it slipped my mind. This is very true and very scary - medical professionals are now legally permitted to lie to their patients if they so choose. This is a scary advantage for pro-life OB/GYNs.

Angela Carder, Kathleen Prieskorn, “Janet,” Tumblr user kerbiemarie, Beatriz in El Salvador, Mikki Kendall, Tamesha Meansthis Catholic hospital’s employee…which means there are countless others whose stories have never been publicized.

May 26 '14
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Brenda found several lumps in her breast in 2012. Every time she tried to get an appointment at a family planning clinic, she was told there were no available slots. The $50 fee was beyond her budget even if she could get one. She is now waiting to see if the lumps will go away on their own.

Fatima is on a very limited income and, until recently, relied on free contraception from her local family planning clinic. Once the funding ran out, she could not afford both contraception and food for her two children. Without alternatives, she’s now expecting a third.

Ana was able to afford $35 for a Pap test two years ago. The results troubled her doctor enough that he asked her back from an ultrasound — at a price of $400. She still has not received the services she needs.

These are just three of the stories collected from consultations with nearly 200 women in the Lower Rio Grande Valley… In the past, satisfying basic living needs was already a formidable challenge for the many immigrants in the Valley. Family planning clinics offered the foundation of health care for many women — essential services they could turn to for affordable preventative care, contraception, information, counseling, and more.

In 2011, Texas legislators delivered a blow that will reverberate for years when they slashed family planning funds, effectively shuttering nearly 30 percent of the area’s family planning clinics. Those that remained had to reduce services and raise fees, and they still struggle to meet people’s needs.

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Nuestro Texas: The fight for women’s reproductive rights in the Rio Grande Valley. Report by the Center for Reproductive Rights & the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

I picked up this report from an event with the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative this evening. I’m going to post quotes from this over the next few days, because it is a horrifying report about what happens when politicians attack reproductive health care.

(via locusimperium)

May 26 '14

ipasorg:

Midwives are the front line in keeping women healthy—through pre- and postnatal care and through comprehensive reproductive health care, including safe abortion. When skilled midwives make these important services available, accessible and affordable, they play a key role in reducing maternal mortality.

Read more about midwives making a difference around the world here.

May 20 '14

Anonymous asked:

I guess I just feel weird about it, and about their motivations in becoming a midwive or an OB- I mean, if you're pro abortion, why would you help pregnant women give birth? I get them becoming an abortionist, logically, but just... I don't understand them being a midwife or OB. And it makes me so uncomfortable I can't ask mine outright where she stands, because idk how much I can trust her with my baby's life.

kerbiemarie:

harley-rose25:

kerbiemarie:

misandry-mermaid:

lolatprolife:

prolife21:

I completely agree with you there, and I see what you’re saying. A pro-life OB or midwife would value your baby’s life better than a pro-abortion one.

What a crock of shit.

Midwives are medical professionals and as such they have a duty to make sure the pregnant person goes through a safe birth.

A pro choice midwife would understand that this person has CHOSE to have this child, and would endeavour to make it as safe as possible.

Such outrageous bullshit, you talk. - Leigh

My mom is a pro-choice midwife.
She’s delivered thousands of babies. She has witnessed countless times how emotionally and physically challenging/exhausting it is to be pregnant for nine months and give birth. She’s been there for mental breakdowns, panic attacks, health scares, abusive relationships, extreme poverty, medical emergencies, and even deaths. That’s why she’s pro-choice. Because it’s such an intensely difficult experience for people with wanted pregnancies. Forcing someone to go through that process when they don’t even want to is BARBARIC.

I don’t usually talk about this on Tumblr, but my doctor when I was pregnant was pro-life. When my very, very wanted pregnancy ended in miscarriage, she refused to give me the necessary procedure when I was hemorrhaging because it was “too close to an abortion” for her comfort. The procedure was a d&c, which is sometimes necessary if your body has trouble, which I did, because I have a back-tilting uterus. I ended up having emergency surgery at the hands of a more competent doctor, and multiple blood transfusions. The competent doctor was close to tears when evaluating me, and kept saying “I can’t believe she let it get this bad, a few more hours of bleeding and you could have died.” What was already a terrible time for me because I was losing a baby turned into an absolute nightmare, and I almost lost my life. So even though my pregnancy didn’t end in abortion, my doctor’s pro-life level of comfort for a procedure she deemed “close to abortion” (which, it’s not, a d&c has nothing to do with abortion), was placed above my own safety. So think again if you believe a pro-life doctor will handle your pregnancy better than a pro-choice one.

Omg kerbie, that’s literally one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever heard. Did you take any legal action against this doctor? She needs to have her medical license revoked.

We’re currently still trying to take legal action. I’ve had talks with lawyers, and unfortunately I live in a very Republican state so technically what she did wasn’t illegal. That’s what is so terrifying about this. Everyone assumes if a doctor nearly kills a patient, you should be able to sue for malpractice or incompetence. But you can’t, because now doctors are under the protection of these pro-life laws popping up.

Her pro-life stance was also the cause of my miscarriage, but I can’t do anything about that either. I had a medical disorder which she tested for and then lied about the results, telling me my “pregnancy must have made it go away.” Because pregnancy is magical? I stupidly believed her because I thought, she’s a doctor, she must know better than I do. Having this disorder while pregnant can cause minor birth defects. However, untreated completely, can also cause miscarriage. In my state, it is completely legal for a doctor to lie or withhold information if it might cause the mother to seek out an abortion. Basically, she thought if I knew I had this disorder, I might get an abortion. So she lied.

I feel like I could write an entire book about everything this doctor did, which I didn’t second guess because I was naive and thought a doctor would do her job. But this is why the pro-life movement is harmful. I wanted my baby. My husband and I deliberately tried for one, upgraded to a 2 bedroom apartment, went to ultrasound appointments all excited and holding hands. All I have left are stacks of medical bills and a second bedroom, empty except for boxes of baby things, with a door that’s always shut. I don’t even know how to put into words what I went through, and every part of it was directly tied to my doctor’s political views. This could have happened to anyone. Pro-life, pro-choice. If you’re pregnant, your life is in danger, thanks to the environment of ignorance and lies their pro-“life” movement has cultivated.

For those who don’t know, doctors can lie to their pregnant patients in states with “wrongful birth laws.” Basically, they get to prioritize their ideology over doing their jobs and caring for the health of their patients.

So pro-life.

May 18 '14

Anonymous asked:

I guess I just feel weird about it, and about their motivations in becoming a midwive or an OB- I mean, if you're pro abortion, why would you help pregnant women give birth? I get them becoming an abortionist, logically, but just... I don't understand them being a midwife or OB. And it makes me so uncomfortable I can't ask mine outright where she stands, because idk how much I can trust her with my baby's life.

kerbiemarie:

misandry-mermaid:

lolatprolife:

prolife21:

I completely agree with you there, and I see what you’re saying. A pro-life OB or midwife would value your baby’s life better than a pro-abortion one.

What a crock of shit.

Midwives are medical professionals and as such they have a duty to make sure the pregnant person goes through a safe birth.

A pro choice midwife would understand that this person has CHOSE to have this child, and would endeavour to make it as safe as possible.

Such outrageous bullshit, you talk. - Leigh

My mom is a pro-choice midwife.
She’s delivered thousands of babies. She has witnessed countless times how emotionally and physically challenging/exhausting it is to be pregnant for nine months and give birth. She’s been there for mental breakdowns, panic attacks, health scares, abusive relationships, extreme poverty, medical emergencies, and even deaths. That’s why she’s pro-choice. Because it’s such an intensely difficult experience for people with wanted pregnancies. Forcing someone to go through that process when they don’t even want to is BARBARIC.

I don’t usually talk about this on Tumblr, but my doctor when I was pregnant was pro-life. When my very, very wanted pregnancy ended in miscarriage, she refused to give me the necessary procedure when I was hemorrhaging because it was “too close to an abortion” for her comfort. The procedure was a d&c, which is sometimes necessary if your body has trouble, which I did, because I have a back-tilting uterus. I ended up having emergency surgery at the hands of a more competent doctor, and multiple blood transfusions. The competent doctor was close to tears when evaluating me, and kept saying “I can’t believe she let it get this bad, a few more hours of bleeding and you could have died.” What was already a terrible time for me because I was losing a baby turned into an absolute nightmare, and I almost lost my life. So even though my pregnancy didn’t end in abortion, my doctor’s pro-life level of comfort for a procedure she deemed “close to abortion” (which, it’s not, a d&c has nothing to do with abortion), was placed above my own safety. So think again if you believe a pro-life doctor will handle your pregnancy better than a pro-choice one.

I’m SO glad you’re okay, wow.

And you’re not the only person this has happened to. A woman in Washington had her second pregnancy put in danger by her Catholic hospital’s mismanagement of her first miscarriage because they “valued” her fetus’ life over her own. Or "Janet," who almost died because her fetus’ heart was still beating while she was bleeding to death. And we all heard about the late Savita Halappanavar in Ireland, where abortion is illegal.

I don’t know if these people think pro-choice midwives are secretly performing abortions on their patients or what, but there are documented cases of what happens when “pro-life” ideology clashes with medical reality, so…

May 18 '14
May 5 '14

Midwifery

becauseiamawoman:

A midwife is a health professional who works in reproductive health care and typically is associated with birth and pregnancy care. A midwife may have varying levels of medical training, but it is a common misconception that they are not fully trained health professionals. They may provide care through pregnancy, labor,birth, and post-partum situations. They can assist a birth at home, in a hospital, or at a birthing center depending on the needs of a pregnant person.

 Midwives have been an important part of reproductive health care throughout history, and are even mentioned in the Old Testament. Today, more and more people are opting to give birth with a midwife instead of a doctor in hopes of more natural birthing practices.

Midwifery as a more general concept can be thought of as a model of care. The Massachusetts Midwives Alliance defines this model of care as consisting of the following:

  • Monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
  • Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
  • Minimizing technological interventions
  • Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention 

There are many benefits of seeking care from a midwife instead of or alongside an obstetrician. According to the American College of Nurse Midwives, midwifery is associated with:

  • Lower maternity care costs
  • Reduced mortality and morbidity related to cesarean and other interventions
  • Lower intervention rates
  • Fewer recovery complications

If you are interested in becoming a midwife, there are several routes you might take, most of which require specific training and degrees. To learn more about the different kinds of midwives and training required to obtain the title click here.

Want to learn more? Try the following resources:

May 5 '14
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Today, even where it is available, some employers may specifically exclude midwife care from their list of covered benefits; insurers may make little effort to include midwives in their networks, since they tend to focus on negotiations with large physician groups.

That is likely to change. The Affordable Care Act added birth centers and midwife care as mandatory Medicaid services, for example. Many health experts are recommending an expanded use of birthing centers as a cost-saving measure as well as in response to women’s demand.

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May 3 '14
May 2 '14
SickKids music therapist shares soothing power of song with sick children
Carolyn Williams, MMT, MTA, works at the Hospital for Sick Children, seeing patients who have come to stay for a couple of days, weeks, and sometimes even months. Music therapy helps them find hope and peace in a frightening situation, but also works on things like improving speech or communication, decreasing fear, anxiety, and pain during stressful interventions, self-expression, and coping skills.
There’s a really lovely video at the link! I’m so nervous to move to my internship location, but I can’t wait to get started doing things like this.
(MMT: Masters of Music Therapy; MTA: Music Therapist Accredited)

SickKids music therapist shares soothing power of song with sick children

Carolyn Williams, MMT, MTA, works at the Hospital for Sick Children, seeing patients who have come to stay for a couple of days, weeks, and sometimes even months. Music therapy helps them find hope and peace in a frightening situation, but also works on things like improving speech or communication, decreasing fear, anxiety, and pain during stressful interventions, self-expression, and coping skills.

There’s a really lovely video at the link! I’m so nervous to move to my internship location, but I can’t wait to get started doing things like this.

(MMT: Masters of Music Therapy; MTA: Music Therapist Accredited)

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Mar 30 '14

When a patient hands me her 5 page long birth plan

faeriesandlakes:

nursingmonkeymomma:

faeriesandlakes:

whatshouldwecallobgynresidency:

it’s like…

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Aaaaaaaaaaaqqnd again.

We actually do try to stick to our patient’s birth plan as much as possible. It’s their birth experience, we are just there to help them along the way, but there are certain things that our hospital policy won’t allow or situations arise that force us to alter their birth plan.

This is understandable, but there are some OBs and nurses who’ll never even look at a patients birth plan. That five page birth plan isn’t a plan, it’s a reassurance to the mother. She feels 100% better going into her birth knowing what will happen in almost all situations. Birth plans aren’t for doctors, they’re for mothers. They can be useful is a situation arises that the mother is not comfortable with, but other than that, they’re not meant to boss anyone around or really even what the mother expects to happen. They’re kind of like a pre-birth journal, a way to help a mother explore her preconceived notions about birth and to clear her head, ask questions she never though to ask, and make her confront the nastier side of birth she’d rather ignore like c-sections and such. Basically, the five page birth plans are a security blanket, not a guidebook. Doctors and nurses shouldn’t assume that the mother is a pain in the ass just because she has a big birth plan, she may have had previous birth trauma, past sexual abuse, a mental disorder like OCD. Basically, you don’t know why she wrote that plan so ignoring a mothers birth plan or brushing it off could cause her to go into a tail spin that ends up with her on the operating table for ‘failure to progress’. But anyways, I know not all doctors and nurses are callous about birth plans, but when there are doctors like these out there, can you really blame us? :(

Mar 30 '14
unicef:

Bahati Traoré holds her sleeping newborn daughter, wrapped securely against her for warmth to reduce the risk of hypothermia, at the Kita Regional Reference Health Centre in the town of Kita in the western Kayes Region of Mali. The treatment is part of the ‘Kangaroo Mother Care’ method and was invented in Colombia in the 1980s to provide an alternative for premature or underweight newborns who have no access to incubators. Ms. Traoré’s daughter was born at a nearby centre two months early – a delivery brought on by shock following the death of another of her children, from malaria. The Kangaroo Mother Care method is now a standard treatment in Malian regional reference centres and is taught as a best practice in UNICEF-supported midwife trainings.
© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-2330/Olivier AsselinMali, 2010
http://www.unicef.org

unicef:

Bahati Traoré holds her sleeping newborn daughter, wrapped securely against her for warmth to reduce the risk of hypothermia, at the Kita Regional Reference Health Centre in the town of Kita in the western Kayes Region of Mali. The treatment is part of the ‘Kangaroo Mother Care’ method and was invented in Colombia in the 1980s to provide an alternative for premature or underweight newborns who have no access to incubators. Ms. Traoré’s daughter was born at a nearby centre two months early – a delivery brought on by shock following the death of another of her children, from malaria. The Kangaroo Mother Care method is now a standard treatment in Malian regional reference centres and is taught as a best practice in UNICEF-supported midwife trainings.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-2330/Olivier Asselin
Mali, 2010

http://www.unicef.org